MIAA Preseason All-Massachusetts Catholic School Team
Forward: Jake Wise, Soph., Central Catholic (Boston University)
The '00 is an elite talent with an equally impressive hockey IQ. There is little doubt he's the best '00 forward in the U.S. and will be a sure-fire bet to be invited to play for the US National Team Development Program next season. He'll be the catalyst for Central Catholic's run to a Super 8 title.
Forward: Riley Prattson, Jr., Pope Francis (Providence)
The '99 will be counted on to carry a significant load of the offense for Brian Foley's squad that lost three Division I commits up front. He's undersized, but has a quick release and is clever with the puck.
Forward: Cam Gendron, Soph., Central Catholic
A '99, his skill set is underrated and his play was often overshadowed by Wise last season. He's good with the puck and has above average speed to create separation.
Defense: Collin Murphy, Jr., Austin Prep (Northeastern)
The stay-at-home blue liner is big, has a good stick and will be a weapon for a Cougars squad that will have to rely more on its defense than it did a year ago.
Defense: Jayson Dobay, Jr., BC High
With the loss of Ryan Shea to the USHL, the Eagles will count on the '99 to provide some offensive spark from the blue line. His vision and ability to distribute the puck is underrated.
Goaltender: Kyle Martin, Sr., St. John's Prep
The '98 took the starting job by storm for Kristian Hanson's team that rode a hot streak en route to the Super 8 championship. He just flat out makes the saves necessary.
Honorable Mention: Forwards Ian Murphy (Jr., BC High), Devan Tongue (Soph., Springfield Cathedral), Dante Maribito (Jr., St. Mary's) , Louis Finocchiaro (Jr., Austin Prep), Kyle Hentosh (Jr., St. John's Prep); Defensemen Dan Petrick (Jr., Pope Francis, Northeastern), Sean Verrier (Jr., Austin Prep) Tim Usalis (Soph., St. John's Prep), Paul Edson (Soph., St. John's Prep); Goaltenders Brandon Payzant (Sr., BC High), Brandon Collett (Sr., Catholic Memorial), Kyle Casey (Sr., Malden Catholic), Dylan Regan (Soph., Austin Prep)
MIAA Preseason All-Massachusetts Public School Team
Forward: Neil Shea, Jr., Marshfield (Maine)
The '99 comes from a big hockey family that includes father Neil, a Colorado Avalanche scout, and brother Pat, a senior at Kimball Union who is also committed to play for the Black Bears. He's an extremely smart player. He might be one of the best passers in the MIAA this winter, and the puck will go through him for the Rams.
Forward: Matt Thomson, Jr., Reading (Northeastern)
He's a '98 who has been a major player for coach Mark Doherty's Rockets since his freshma year, when they won the state title. A strong off-season landed him a commitment to play college hockey for the Huskies.
Forward: Justin Alves, Jr., Woburn
The '99 center is small, but he's dynamic and gives it his all in all three zones. Look for him to earn a spot on a prep school roster for his senior season.
Defense: Josh Boulos, Sr., Burlington
He's drawing significant interest from prep schools for a PG season, as well as from Division III colleges. The '98 will anchor the blue line for Bob Conceison's Red Devils. He's an imposing, physical presence on the back end.
Defense: Marc O'Rourke, Jr., Hingham
An excellent lacrosse player, he has already committed to play Division I lacrosse. However, he's a very good defenseman on the ice for the Harbormen.
Goaltender: Mike Purnell, Sr., Medway
He's one of the all-time shutout leaders in the state with a full season left to go. According to coach Chris Ross, he is now tied with former NHLer Tom Barrasso.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Nikolopoulos (Sr., Burlington), Rob Ryan (Sr., Burlington), Billy McNally (Sr., Hingham), Evan McDonald (Sr., Woburn)